Hill opens up at Hall of Fame speech

AP Sports Writer

Grant Hill opens up at Basketball of Hall of Fame ceremonyBy JIMMY GOLEN

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) Grant Hill made sure in his Hall of Fame induction speech to thank the doctors who kept getting him back on the court.

Hill had a 19-year NBA career before he finally retired at the age of 40 in 2013. He missed the entire 2003-04 season with an ankle injury and played fewer than 50 games in a half-dozen other seasons. But he made seven All-Star teams to go with a pair of NCAA championships at Duke and an Olympic gold medal.

The son of former Dallas Cowboys running back Calvin Hill thanked his parents and college coach Mike Krzyzewski, a 2001 inductee. Hill is the first Duke player to be enshrined in the hall, and he said: ”I might be the first Duke ballplayer in the hall of fame, but I can promise you I won’t be the last.”

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